SOCIOLOGY students at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form have enjoyed an added dimension to their study of youth and old age.

They held a ‘question and answer’ session with one of the group’s grandmother!

In their recent lessons, the group have been discussing the elderly and retirement.

And they were pleased to welcome student Jemma Banks’s grandmother, Maureen Banks.

The visitor first gave the students an insight into life when she was a young person.

Maureen was born in 1934 and her earliest memories are of living through the Second World War.

She talked about rationing and a sense of community, but also of how her mother was treated by society as a single, divorced parent, which was rare back then.

She said: “When I was young, we talked to each other face to face, and there was a real community feel, where young people felt safe.

“We were more social back then, as rather than watching TV, we would visit each other’s homes more.”